Former Metallica and Ozzy Osbourne bassist Jason Newsted is playing music for the kids - after agreeing to record an album of songs composed by elementary school children.

The rocker's new group Voivod and friends will record tracks on LITTLE KIDS, BIG FANS: STARS UNITED FOR MUSIC EDUCATION.

The idea was sparked when one youngster, TRISTAN TROUPE, wrote a track called YODA after a school visit to a Voivod recording session. The group now plans to record the tune for their upcoming album.

Proceeds from Little Kids... will help boost music programmes in schools around California.

Newsted says, "It has been proven that children who create relationships with musical instruments do better in school and in life."

10/03/2004 09:31